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Migration, Border Control & Race

The early immigration laws, such as the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and the Immigration Act of 1924, were intended to “to preserve the ideal of U.S. homogeneity.” That is, they were openly racist and aimed at limiting the immigration of non-whites. Immigration was revised in 1952 and then again in 1965. The 1965 Immigration [More]

Making things easier for editors

In my last three posts in this series, I investigated ways the peer-review process might be reformed to: Incentivize better behavior by authors: incentivizing the submission of fewer and better papers for review. Incentivize better behavior by reviewers: incentivizing faster and more thoughtful referee reports. Improve turnaround times: giving [More]

Analogy and Analogical Reasoning

[Revised entry by Paul Bartha on January 25, 2019. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] An analogy is a comparison between two objects, or systems of objects, that highlights respects in which they are thought to be similar. Analogical reasoning is any type of thinking that relies upon an analogy. An analogical argument is an explicit representation of a form of analogical reasoning that cites accepted similarities between two systems to support the conclusion that some further [More]

Are our fantasies immune from morality?

Immoral fantasies are not uncommon, nor are they necessarily unhealthy. Some are silly and unrealistic, though others can be genuinely disturbing. You might fantasize about kicking your boss in the shins, or having an affair with your best friend’s spouse, or planning the perfect murder. The post Are our fantasies immune from morality? appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesPhilosopher of The Month: William James (timeline)The rightful heirs to the British crown: Wales and the sovereignty of BritainThe tortures of adapting Samuel Richardson’s [More]